Sanders Commings has already made a name for himself as a starting cornerback at the University of Georgia.
Now, he’s dropped the pads long enough this offseason to try his hand at baseball.
The rising junior worked out for the San Francisco Giants at their Single-A affiliate in Augusta on Saturday and said he wouldn’t be surprised if he was selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft next week.
“It’s possible,” he said. “I’m here just working out right now.”
Commings, who made nine starts in the Bulldogs’ secondary last year, said he hasn’t given up on football. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound cornerback, and potential outfielder, said he’s still committed to playing football at Georgia this fall.
“My main focus right now is the upcoming football season,” he said. “After that, hopefully after we win a national championship, I can think about (baseball) a little bit.”
Though it’s rare, Commings wouldn’t be the first college athlete to get drafted as a baseball player in the summer and still play football in the fall.
Clemson’s Kyle Parker was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of last year’s draft, signed with the team, then continued his college career as the Tigers’ starting quarterback.
Unlike Parker, Commings hasn’t played college baseball. But he never quit on the sport that saw him hit .406 with six homers and 27 RBI as a senior in high school at Westside High School.
“I never dropped it completely,” he said. “I’m always trying to have a backup plan. I want to have options, basically.”
The draft will start June 7 and run through June 9.